Jennifer Aniston learned something new about herself recently – she has dry eye syndrome.
The actress, 47, says she discovered the condition, which affects as many as 5 million Americans, quite by accident.
“I was doing interviews and a question came up about whether I had anything I was addicted to,” Aniston tells Glamour. “I said ‘I actually have an addiction to eye drops.’ And like, as I was on the phone I’d had my third – in the hour! – dose. I had them with me all the time.”
Aniston thought the irritation came from allergies or the environment, but as the discomfort became “painful,” Shire, a pharmaceutical company that produces dry eye medication, approached the actress.
“They said, ‘You probably have dry eye,’ ” Aniston recalled. “I didn’t know that was something you could diagnose. So I went to my doctor and did the test and sure enough that’s what I have. You have to go through the weaning off of your eye drops and all of that, and then it was this wonderful relief.”
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Now, Aniston relishes that eye pain is no longer a part of her morning routine. “Well the best part is waking up every morning and not feeling like my eyes are glued shut!” she says. Instead, she wakes up, has a cup of coffee and a homemade shake, then heads out for a workout. She is loving The Class by Taryn Toomey, which she calls a “yoga bootcamp.”
The PEOPLE’s 2016 World’s Most Beautiful Woman says she’s also started taking a new herbal supplement – chlorella. “It’s an herb that Taryn told me about that you put in your shake,” she says.
She also says balance and routine are crucial. “As I’ve gotten older there’s just more awareness around what is good for my body internally, externally, physically,” she tells the magazine. “It’s all about reading labels and being aware and conscious of what goes in. If our bodies aren’t being taken care of then our work starts to suffer and we’re [not getting the most from] our daily lives.”